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Health Ministry announces competition on new hospital

THE HEALTH Ministry has announced a competition seeking a partner who will assist with construction of a new university hospital in Bratislava. The winner of the tender will be responsible for the construction, financing and 30-year operation of the new modern facility worth €200-250 million. The ministry expects to find the investor within 12 months, the SITA newswire reported on January 7.

THE HEALTH Ministry has announced a competition seeking a partner who will assist with construction of a new university hospital in Bratislava. The winner of the tender will be responsible for the construction, financing and 30-year operation of the new modern facility worth €200-250 million. The ministry expects to find the investor within 12 months, the SITA newswire reported on January 7.

The entire order will cost €6.3 billion, the ministry suggests. This sum includes not only the expected investments into the construction, but also the total sum of annual revenues for 30 years, the TASR newswire wrote.

The whole competition will be carried out in the form of a competitive dialogue, during which the ministry will discuss with bidders the structure of the project. The dialogue will also be the negotiation over the general conditions of the agreement. In the end there should be some parameters, mostly of a financial character, on which the bidders will set prices, according to SITA.

“This means that the result of the dialogue will be the complete contract in which only some variables will be left out, and these variables will be the subject of competition and the price,” Ján Králik of the Health Ministry said, as quoted by SITA.

The number of participants in the dialogue was set to no more than 10. The main condition for qualifying for the dialogue is to have experience with a similar project, meaning projecting and operating a hospital with a minimum size of 30,000 square metres and an investment standing at €100 million. Other conditions will be that this hospital should have at least 200 beds and 13,000 completed hospitalisations per year, as reported by SITA.

If there are more than 10 bidders, the ministry will have to select the participants based on these criteria. Králik said that since this is a difficult process, they are not able to hold dialogues with more than 10 bidders as they lack both personnel and financial capacities.

Except for the dialogue with bidders, the ministry also plans to consult with experts and other groups active in the health sector, TASR wrote.

The possible bidders will submit their applications for competition by the end of February. The ministry will subsequently choose the bidders for the dialogue in March.

The new hospital should be part of the BioMedPark project which includes the construction of a new university hospital, the bio-medical research park of the Slovak Academy of Sciences as well as new spaces for the Faculty of Medicine and the Faculty of Pharmacy of the Comenius University in Bratislava. The new facility should be located in Bratislava’s Patrónka, on the site of the current Hospital of St Michael. It should have 880 beds and should be able to provide 44,000 hospitalisations a year, 875,000 visits to clinics, as well as be able to carry out 610,000 diagnoses and 47,000 surgeries, as reported by TASR.

Source: SITA, TASR

Compiled by Radka Minarechová from press reports

The Slovak Spectator cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information presented in its Flash News postings.

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